The following is excerpted from an open letter written by FC Dallas president Doug Quinn to members of the Dallas-Ft. Worth media. The intent of the letter is to remind local media of their hometown team’s success story and encourage them to cover FC Dallas on their MLS Cup playoff run.
Nov. 11, 2010
This Sunday, your Major League Soccer team, FC Dallas, will face David Beckham, Landon Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Western Conference Championship with the winner advancing to the MLS Cup in Toronto, Canada on Nov. 21. It’s the first time in 11 years Dallas has advanced this far in the playoffs and Sunday’s match with Los Angeles will pit the Texas squad against two of soccer’s biggest stars.
If you’ve been following FC
Dallas this season, you know just how amazing this team has been and we appreciate
all your coverage and support. If you’re new to the soccer scene, it’s not too
late. Here’s all you need to know:
- FC Dallas toppled multiple MLS and franchise records with a 19-game unbeaten streak, a 12-game road unbeaten streak and only four losses on the entire season.
- Long-time SMU coach in just his third season with FC Dallas, Schellas Hyndman is the 2010 MLS Coach of the Year.
- Dallas star players David Ferreira (MVP), Brek Shea (Comeback Player of the Year) and Kevin Hartman (Goalkeeper of the Year) are all finalists in their respective end-of-year award categories. Ferreira has put together a stunning season, earning rave reviews from soccer pundits across the country.
- Shea recently became the first player born in the 1990s to earn a cap for the U.S. National Team (the Texas native started the team’s recent friendly versus Colombia).
While soccer is an international sport, FC Dallas is a Texas team through and through… from a head coach who spent more than 20 years at SMU to a team captain hailing from Tyler, Texas, to the seven players born in Texas (six from the Metroplex and one from College Station).
It’s also a Texas team of the future. Heralded as the elite youth development academy among MLS teams, FC Dallas saw four of its “home grown” Dallas players graduate from the youth ranks onto the professional roster in the last year. Two of the 18-year-old phenoms even made their professional debuts during the season.
We are your team, and we are just two wins away from bringing a title home to Texas. We are Dallas… ‘Til We Die.
President and CEO, FC Dallas and Pizza Hut Park (and proud graduate of SMU and UT)
Now it’s time to do your part! Below is a list of contact information for local media outlets – from phone numbers to emails to Twitter and Facebook pages. Make your voice heard, contact your local media and tell them “I WANT MY FCD!” And if you’re using Twitter, make sure to tag your Tweets with #IWANTMYFCD.
FOX KDFW 4
CBS KTVT 11
Phone: 817-739-1199, 817-586-7441
ABC WFAA 8
NBC KXAS 5
Phone: 817-429-5555, 800-654-6385
KTCK The Ticket 1310AM
ESPN Radio (103.3 & Deportes)
KRLD The Fan 105.3
Fort Worth Weekly
Ft Worth Star-Telegram
The Dallas Morning News/DallasNews.com